SUSQUEHANNA TOWNSHIP SCHOOL DISTRICT
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17109
ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATION/STORAGE DEVICES
Although the possession of electronic communication/storage devices (“Electronic Devices”) by students on school property is not prohibited, possession of Electronic Devices is subject to the terms and conditions of this policy:
- For the purpose of this policy, Electronic Device is defined as any instrument capable of capturing, storing displaying and/or transmitting information including text, audio, and or video data. Electronic Devices include but are not limited to tape recorders or players, cellular phones, MP3 players, personal data assistants, and digital cameras. The term does not include telephone pagers which are addressed in Policy #5012.
- Student Electronic Devices must be turned off upon entering the building at the start of the school day. Electronic Devices must be stored in such a way that they are not visible during school hours.
- Students who use an Electronic Device during the school day by either receiving a call or placing a call, messaging or sending, receiving or displaying information will be subject to the following penalties:
- First violation – extended detention and confiscation of the Electronic Device. Only a parent or guardian of the student may retrieve the Electronic Device from the building principal.
- Second violation – prohibition of Electronic Device possession.
- Each subsequent violation - three day in-school suspension.
- After the final bell of the normal school dismissal time, Students may use Electronic Devices in the building except during:
- Any co-curricular activity at the discretion of the sponsor, supervisor, or coach.
- Students who fail to properly store their Electronic Devices during school hours will be subject to the following penalties:
- First violation – confiscation of the Electronic Device for the remainder of the day
- Second violation – confiscation of the Electronic Device which must be retrieved by a parent or guardian of the student.
- Third violation – prohibition of Electronic Device possession for the remainder of the school year.
- Each subsequent violation - three-day in-school suspension.
- Students may also be subject to criminal prosecution if the Electronic Device is used for criminal or other unlawful activity.
- After prior approval, students may use an Electronic Device during the regular school day when used in conjunction with a lawful supervised school activity.
Approved by the School Board August 25, 2003
Amended by the School Board January 28, 2008